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Robin Hood Swot Analysis and Strategy Recommendations

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Robin Hood SWOT Analysis and Strategy Recommendations

Robin Hood's main problem was the increasing size of his band. Initially, he had hoped that strength lay in numbers and the more Merry men he had, the better it would be for him to effectively fight against the sheriff's administration. He did not put enough thought into curbing the number of people being recruited. The dilemma occurred when the increasing number of men had made the band a corporation. The more men were recruited into the organization, the less face to face interaction Robin had encountered with each of his men. This would make it hard for him to enforce rules and regulations using his old ways because vigilance was not present with the new recruits.

Moreover, the capacity to fund the increasing number of people became very scarce. Supplies needed to be obtained from outlaying villages. This is a very clear consequence of any expanding organization. A formal structure needed to be enforced and a chain of executive party needed to be established so as to monitor the increased number of people in the organization.

New Strategy

The initial mission of the band, "Rob the rich and give to the poor" was no longer effective to the band. The funds obtained from the outright confiscation of the rich were no longer accommodating the increasing number of the people in the band. The mission statement had to be revised to accommodate the changing ways of the organization. New strategies also need to be introduced to meet the fund requirements of the band. Moreover, there needed to be a revision to the objectives of the band so as to limit the number of people being recruited. This, in my opinion, is a primary concern that needs attention.

Robin Hood's proposal to run a policy of adopting a fixed transit tax to whomever passed through the Sherwood Forest seems feasible but the Merrymen's concern of jeopardizing the allies' support in their fight against the Sheriff is also relevant.

SWOT Analysis

A SWOT analysis to this problem would make the situation easy to manipulate. We can analyze the different compartments of the situation by identifying the internal and external factors. The Strengths and the Weaknesses of the situation are internal factors since they are within the band's direct influence. Opportunities and Threats are external problems since the band cannot influence their creation. They are induced by other factors beyond the band's reach. We will analyze each segments of the SWOT to this problem

Strengths

* Numbers in the band are increasing which would give Robin and his men the upper hand when fighting the Sheriff's administration

* Robin's close encounters each have specific duties and somewhat organized.

Weaknesses

* Too large...expanding number of recruits but less accommodation available

* Vigilance and discipline lacking between the men...between raids, the men milled about talking and playing games

* Disorganized and still caught up to the ways and methods of the early

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